Could saving an orange-bellied bird warm the planet?
That’s the subtitle of the editorial in today’s The Australian.
The piece begins:
“A LITTLE bird is causing big trouble in Victoria. At issue is the endangered orange-bellied parrot and the blocking of a $220 million Gippsland wind farm by federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell 580 days after it was approved by the Bracks Government. According to Senator Campbell, the 52-turbine wind farm planned at Gippsland’s Bald Hill is too near where the birds spend part of the year and might – again, might – kill one of them a year.
The piece finished with the comment:
“The conflict over the Gippsland wind farm is emblematic of a broader conflict within the environmental movement, one that stems from the inherent bias against human progress and towards NIMBY-ism that is at the philosophical heart of the greens. Environmentalists in Australia have used the threat of extinction to try to stop everything from gold mines to resorts to, most famously, logging operations in Tasmania. … Whether politically or ecologically minded, Senator Campbell’s decision was a poor one that deserves to be reversed immediately.”
So the Minister cares about parrots as well as whales?
And I wonder, how were we really going to benefit from the wind farm? Are wind farms in Australia really going to stop global warming?